The people pushing for an illegal Federal usurption of private medical industy are so ignorant of American history that I am beginning to wonder if we
need Consitution tests and requierement that one is not on welfare in order for one be allowed to vote.
Samuel Adams said the ideas of a welfare state were made unconstitutional by the Founders:
“The utopian schemes of leveling (redistribution of the wealth) and a community of goods (central ownership of all the means of production
and distribution) are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. (These ideas) are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our
The Founders had a deep concern for the poor and needy. Disciples of the collectivist Left in the Founders’ day as well as our own have insisted
that compassion for the poor requires that the federal government become involved in taking from the “haves” and giving to the “have nots.”
Benjamin Franklin had been one of the “have nots,” and after living several years in England where he saw government welfare programs in
operation, he had considerable to say about these public charities and their counterproductive compassion.
Franklin wrote a whole essay on the subject and told one of his friends: “I have long been of your opinion, that your legal provision for the poor
(in England ) is a very great evil, operating as it does to the encouragement of idleness. We have followed your example, and begin now to see our
error, and, I hope, shall reform it.”
A survey of Franklin ’s views on counterproductive compassion might be summarized as follows:
1. Compassion which gives a drunk the means to increase his drunkenness is counterproductive.
2. Compassion which breeds debilitating dependency and weakness is counterproductive.
3. Compassion which blunts the desire or necessity to work for a living is counterproductive.
4. Compassion which smothers the instinct to strive and excel is counterproductive.
Nevertheless, the Founders recognized that it is a mandate of God to help the poor and underprivileged. It is interesting how they said this should be
Franklin wrote: “To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity; it is godlike; but, if we provide encouragement
for laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of God and Nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as
the proper punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of, idleness and extravagance? When ever we attempt to amend the
scheme of Providence , and to interfere with the government of the world, we had need be very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good.”
Nearly all of the Founders seem to have acquired deep convictions that assisting those in need had to be done through means which might be called
Highlights from their writings suggest the following:
1. Do not completely care for the needy–merely help them to help themselves.
2. Give the poor the satisfaction of “earned achievement” instead of rewarding them without achievement.
3. Allow the poor to climb the “appreciation ladder”–from tents to cabins, cabins to cottages, cottages to comfortable houses.
4. Where emergency help is provided, do not prolong it to the point where it becomes habitual.
5. Strictly enforce the scale of “fixed responsibility.” The first and foremost level of responsibility is with the individual himself; the
second level is the family; then the church; next the community; finally the county, and, in a disaster or emergency, the state. Under no
circumstances was the federal government to become involved in public welfare. The Founders felt it would corrupt the government and also the poor. No
constitutional authority exists for the federal government to participate in so-called social welfare programs. (Making of America p 218-220)
The U. S. Constitution states in Article I, section 8: The people of the states empower the Congress to expend money (for the enumerated purposes
listed in Article I, section 8), provided it is done in a way that benefits the general welfare of the whole people. Thomas Jefferson explained that
this clause was not a grant of power to “spend” for the general welfare of the people, but was intended to “limit the power of taxation” to
matters which provided for the welfare of “the Union ” or the welfare of the whole nation. In other words, federal taxes could not be levied for
states, countries, cities, or special interest groups. (Making of America p 387)
The Court unlawfully laid the foundation for what turned out to be an amendment to the Constitution in the 1936 Butler case, where “general
welfare” was twisted to allow “special welfare”, and the federal budget jumped from six billion to six hundred billion in one generation.
(Making of America p 255) Should the Federal Government be involved in Social Welfare, you be the judge.